The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has complained to the American government about the security situation in his state and the ongoing threat to the president’s life by security forces.
While interacting with State Department representatives in Washington, DC, Ortom, who is currently in the US, also urged the US government and the international community to hold the Buhari-led administration responsible for the recent violence in Nigeria and should anything bad happen to him due to his opposition to the government.
The Governor said he was forced to express concern for his safety because of a series of threats he had been receiving and the attempt on his life that occurred in March of last year, both of which indicated that the Presidency and its conspirators were after him.
Ortom’s Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs, Peters Ichull, released the statement on Sunday.
After learning that false narratives were being spread throughout the world by the Nigerian government to protect itself from culpability, Ortom noted that he was in the US State Department to “convey the traumatized Nigerian victims’ side of the story.”
Part of the statement states, “In the last seven years, the Buhari administration has failed to do anything to restore normalcy, seeing children rendered orphans, farmers being relocated, schools, hospitals, and social services interrupted.
“The number of internally displaced people in Benue State has increased and now stands at 1.5 million as a result of the federal government’s punishing indifference.
“I am urging the US government and the rest of the world to demand an explanation from Buhari’s administration for the killings of innocent civilians.
“This would be the appropriate action to put an end to the recent bloodshed in Nigeria, particularly in Benue State.
I request that the US support the creation of state police, send a special envoy to Nigeria to deal with the flashpoint of the conflict, and make sure that international aid for internally displaced people reaches Benue State, the epicenter of the current violence, as well as Plateau, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, and other states affected by terrorist attacks in the nation.
“Government officials actively fabricate stories of herder-farmer conflicts in order to put off the inevitable extinction of farmers and the confiscation of their ancestral lands.
“The reality is that Nigeria’s farming communities are under attack and being wiped out; agriculture is progressively dying, and food security is in jeopardy, he continued.